Thora Gudmundsdottir Novels of Iceland
Thóra Gudmundsdóttir isn’t averse to cases that are a bit weird, but her latest might be hard to defend. A client intent on opening a wellness spa claims that his recently purchased land is haunted. This supposed haunting is bad for his business’s mojo and he believes the previous owners had to have been aware of it. Even his employees talk as though it’s been a long-time subject of local gossip.
Thóra is definitely skeptical but the promise of some R&R and spa treatments convinces her to at least take a look. Things become complicated, however, when her client’s architect turns up dead the same day Thóra arrives. Now, what should have been a weekend interview and a few formalities has become a murder investigation with Thóra’s client as the prime suspect.
I really enjoy this series, particularly thanks to the incorporation of Icelandic history and folklore in the plot. In this instance, it’s WWII history and the folktales of Jón Árnason. So far there’s a nice supernatural leaning to each of the books as well, something that’s promised to continue in the subsequent titles (there are currently four books available in the series with the fifth set to hit shelves shortly).
There’s lots of great development as far as Thóra is concerned, what with her relationship and her children, and I’m thoroughly enjoying following her character. As for the mystery itself, this second of the series wasn’t quite as tightly plotted as its predecessor, Last Rituals, but was still pretty enthralling overall.
2/15 Becky LeJeune
MY SOUL TO TAKE by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir. William Morrow (February 3, 2015). ISBN: 978-0062330260. 352p.